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Russian Watches

by Jordan Ficklin

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With the exception of the Pavel Bure pocket watch I serviced a while back this was the first Russian watch I have serviced. The watch is a 17 Jewel manual wind Vostok. Here are my impressions:

Overall finish of the movement is very poor. I have seen Chinese counterfeit movements that were as well finished or better than this thing. This movement is definitely about functionality not beauty. The parts fit together adequately. Timing was halfway decent. It timed out way better than an old ladies Bulova watch or one of those Chinese counterfeits, but nowhere near a modern ETA or high grade movement. The deviation in positions was about 25 seconds and it will easily time out to within 10 seconds a day but it won’t be a chronometer.

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